Review the following documents which include a booklet that explains how to prepare for the Rome semester, a student handbook that lays out the rules and regulations on campus, a packing list to help you pack and videos with advice from past Romers that will help you get ready for your semester abroad.
Textbooks are provided on campus for all courses with the exception of Italian. Italian students will need to bring their Prego textbook and workbook with them. Textbook information is provided for students who want to read in advance.
The Rome Semester Calendar is not confirmed until shortly before students arrive in Rome. Students should not make travel commitments until they have received the final calendar in Rome. That said:
All students are covered by ISI International Student Insurance. The cost is covered
in the program fees. This includes health insurance but not cancellation insurance.
Students were emailed their insurance card and a letter which documents insurance
for entering Italy. If you cannot find that email you can also access your ID card,
visa letter and policy documents by logging into administrators.internationalstudentinsurance.com/zones/university-of-dallas-study-abroad/ and clicking on MyDocuments.
Some notes about international health insurance: Although the insurance does list some providers, please be aware that the Rome campus uses providers we are familiar with or are required to use by the Italian government. While your insurance plan DOES NOT directly cover the costs of these visits and they cannot be billed directly to your insurance plan, you can pay for these services out of your own pocket and then submit a claim to be reimbursed for the consultation and any prescribed medications. When seeking treatment, students should make every effort to get an itemized bill, a receipt, and any sort of documentation that shows the diagnosis. You will need to send copies of these documents along with a completed claim form by email to email@example.com to be reimbursed for the covered expenses. To learn more about the claims process please visit your Group Zone.
In addition, the health insurance coverage for Rome is not the same as the University of Dallas Student Health Insurance Plan that students must enroll/waive every year. The university requires that all domestic full-time undergraduate students have medical insurance and therefore automatically enrolls all undergraduates in the university health plan. Students that already have domestic coverage may waive this plan. For more details please visit udallas.edu/offices/student-affairs/healthservices/studenthealthclinic/insurance.
We recommend that all students purchase cancellation insurance. As a courtesy the
university is providing information on a menu of cancellation insurance options but
any agreements are between the student and the insurance company. It is the responsibility
of the student to carefully read and research the insurance information prior to purchase. Please note that the Cancel for Any Reason option must be purchased within 20 days
of making a program deposit.
The iTravel Insured plan comes in three different levels - Lite, SE, and LX. All plan levels include Trip Cancellation in case the student becomes sick and therefore is unable to travel. Please see the iTravel Insurance Document and visit https://www.internationalstudentinsurance.com/trip-cancellation/ to enroll.
If you would like to include coverage for Cancel For Any Reason (CFAR), you must purchase the LX level from iTravel and choose the optional CFAR coverage with the additional cost (50% cost increase). Please note this plan must be purchased within 20 days of making the initial deposit and you should cancel the plan at least 2 days before departure if you are not traveling.
An alternative plan, the RoundTrip comes in two levels, Basic and Choice, and it also offers Trip Cancellation insurance and coverage for Cancel For Any Reason is available on both levels. As mentioned above this plan must be purchased within 20 days of making the initial deposit. Also please note that you must purchase the Choice level for pre-existing condition coverage. Please see the RoundTrip Insurance Document and visit www.sevencorners.com/trip-protection-insurance to enroll.
If you have any questions or if you need help with the purchase of the plan they can contact our insurance agent Alejandra Ramirez or reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (877) 758-4391.
You may also purchase property insurance with NSSI, https://www.nssi.com/home.
It is required that all students carry a cell phone that works overseas for contact purposes in an emergency. All devices should be equipped with a data package. Students may bring a phone configured for overseas from home, or may purchase a device when they arrive in Italy. Please do your own research and decide what option will be best for you.
Italian cell phone providers include:
Some options past students have used are below.
In addition, there are many free applications that allow you to call, text, video chat, and message by solely using your Wifi connection. A few of these free apps are Whatsapp, Voxer, Viber and Textfree.
Students traveling abroad independently before or during the program are advised to:
The following are recommendations from staff and past Romers. Students who arrive in Rome before campus has opened as well as visitors during the semester will find the list helpful.
Below are some sites and resources that will be helpful when planning your Fall/Spring Break trek across Europe.